Low-carb vegetarian recipes can be tricky to find so it becomes difficult to become a low-carb vegetarian.

While many low-carb meals rely on meat, vegetarian meals tend to rely on pasta, bread, pulses, and grains which are high carb. 

Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to enjoy low carb living without meat.

collage of low-carb vegetarian recipes
Best low-carb keto vegetarian recipes

Vegetarians wishing to go low-carb can use eggs, non-sweetened yoghurt, cheeses, nuts, lower carb vegetables, healthy oils, avocados, seeds and berries.

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These are all low carb, moderate protein, and have plenty of healthy fats.

What is a vegetarian?

The definition of a vegetarian can be incredibly controversial to many people.

Are you a pescatarian? A flexitarian? Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian? Vegan? Raw vegan?

For most people when they think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians – those who don’t eat meat/flesh, fish, shellfish of any kind but still eat dairy products and eggs.

For the purpose of this recipe roundup for low-carb vegetarian meals, I have included eggs and dairy. I will create a vegan roundup in the future which will exclude these.

Learn more about the top 10 sources of low-carb protein for vegetarians.

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What is a high-protein low-carb vegetarian?

If you are following a vegetarian diet but want to increase your protein and lower your carbs, you will need to find high-protein vegetarian foods such as dairy, vegetables, and high-protein nuts.

A high-protein low-carb diet is satisfying and can give you incredible health improvements, but only if you formulate it well on whole food with as little processing as possible.

These delicious low-carb vegetarian recipes will help you create your own vegetarian meal plan, and most of the recipes can be frozen.

Low-Carb Pasta, Rice, and Bread Replacements

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Zoodles, and how to use them

What Are Zoodles? by Ditch the Carbs – No low-carb vegetarian meal can be complete without some zoodles. Still, don’t know what they are? Take a look and learn how to make them.

eggplant stuffed with couscous on a white plate for low-carb vegetarian recipes
Baked eggplant with cauliflower couscous

This eggplant and cauliflower couscous is the perfect flavourful gluten-free dish. The amazing texture and taste of eggplant creates a delicious balance between the fluffy couscous filling.

Low-Carb Eggplant And Cauliflower Couscous Recipe
This takes eggplants to the next level. Aromatic low-carb cauliflower couscous and a mint yoghurt sauce – the perfect vegetarian low-carb dinner.
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spaghetti squash in a brown bowl with a forkful of spaghetti squash next to it for low-carb vegetarian recipes

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash (Video) by Ditch the Carbs – Just add butter or some homemade tomato sauce to spaghetti squash and you have a wonderfully easy meal. Watch the video to see how easy these are to cook.

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cauliflower rice in a white bowl for low-carb vegetarian recipes
Easy low-carb cauliflower rice (mo mess method)

Cauliflower Rice by Ditch the Carbs – A vegetarian staple, add flavours and herbs to make it pack a punch.

Cauliflower Rice
Once you have mastered cauliflower rice, you can flavour it any which way you prefer to match the dinner it will be served with. Coconut cream for  a curry meal or garlic or ginger for a Chinese meal.
A close up of cauliflower rice

Low-Carb Vegetarian Recipes: Main Dish

Egg-free Keto Pasta in a jar
Easy egg-free keto pasta (3 ingredients)

This 3 ingredient EGG-FREE easy keto pasta recipe is about to blow your mind! It tastes even better than regular pasta and only has 1 gram of carbs per serving!

3 Ingredient Easy Keto Pasta Recipe (egg-free)
This easy keto pasta will blow your mind. It can be made from scratch in a few minutes and doesn't contain gluten, eggs, or nuts. The perfect recipe for 2 or double to feed 4.
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a slice of keto spinach pie on a white plate
Delicious baked keto spinach pie with feta cheese.

Keto Spinach And Feta Pie by Ditch the Carbs – This is my absolute favourite go-to low-carb vegetarian meal. It is perfect for dinner, lunch, and especially sturdy to take on a picnic. Ideal for school lunch boxes too.

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Courgette (zucchini) fritters

Courgette Mint Feta Fritters by Ditch the Carbs – Serve these courgette and mint fritters with a colourful salad and minty yoghurt sauce, and they’ll be coming back for more.

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Spaghetti squash egg nests by KetoDietApp

Spaghetti squash egg nests by KetoDietApp – This meal is the perfect start to your day on a Sunday morning. It’s a great way to use leftover spaghetti squash from last night’s dinner!

Caprese Crustless Quiche by Wholesome Yum – This low-carb crustless quiche is everything you love about a Caprese salad, transformed into a satisfying and protein-packed vegetarian meal.

Zucchini Ricotta Tart by All Day I Dream About Food

Zucchini Ricotta Tart by All Day I Dream About Food – Not only is this cheesy tart vegetarian, but it’s great for any meal of the day. Throw a green salad on the side to make it lunch or dinner!

Low carb eggplant parmesan bites on a white plate for low-carb vegetarian recipes roundup
Eggplant cheesy bites

Low Carb Eggplant Parmesan Bites by Ditch the Carbs – These cute little bites can be made into a meal by serving with warm steamed vegetables or a huge side salad.

Fried Eggplant Parmesan Bites
Low-carb eggplant parmesan bites are perfect as a snack, appetiser or even a full meal depending on how many you choose to serve. Choose your favourite cheese to top them.
Check out this recipe
A plate of baked eggplant with melted parmesan
baked zucchini chips in a white bowl on a blue and white tea towel
Baked zucchini chips

The next time you’re craving salty potato chips, these low carb easy zucchini chips are a delicious keto snack for only 1.8 grams of carbs.

Healthy Baked Zucchini Chips Recipe (4 ways)
Healthy baked zucchini chips that are quick and easy and are low carb and keto friendly. 4 delicious flavours you're family will love.
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Spicy Cauliflower Quesadillas served with herbs sprinkled over the serving dish

Spicy Cauliflower Quesadillas by Wholesome Yum – These spicy, low-carb, and gluten-free quesadillas are made with sharp cheddar cheese, a creamy homemade jalapeno sauce, and tortillas made from cauliflower.

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash on a white and yellow cloth with yellow cutlery

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash by Kalyn’s Kitchen – Spaghetti squash is delicious with pesto and Parmesan and this Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan is low-carb and gluten-free. It makes a nice winter side dish if you’re avoiding higher-carb vegetables.

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Green vegetarian Fat Head pizza

Green Fat Head Pizza by Ditch the Carbs – Such a fresh and light alternative to heavy stodgy pizza. Green Fathead pizza makes such a wonderful low-carb vegetarian meal, lunch, or dinner.

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Spiralized Zucchini Asian Salad by Low-Carb Yum – You’ll enjoy this refreshing spiralized zucchini Asian salad on lazy days. No cooking involved. Just mix and chill.

Roasted Cauliflower Slices by Kalyn’s Kitchen – Roasted Cauliflower Slices with Red Pepper, Capers, Lemon, and Olives is a delicious low-carb meatless meal!

Crustless Mushroom Spinach Pie by Sugar-Free Mom

Crustless Mushroom Spinach Pie by Sugar-Free Mom – The only vegetarian meal my meat-loving family will eat without complaint. It’s a hearty pie!

Spinach Artichoke Breakfast Casserole being cut with a fork and side salad

Spinach Artichoke Breakfast Casserole by All Day I Dream About Food – All the flavours of the classic spinach artichoke dip in a delicious meatless low-carb breakfast casserole. And it’s all baked in your crockpot! Can also be made dairy-free.

Spinach Mushroom Cheese Quiche by Low-Carb Yum – This low-carb spinach mushroom cheese quiche is quick and easy to prepare when you don’t have a lot of time for dinner. Can be made with or without a crust.


Greek Briam With Feta by KetoDietApp – This Greek Briam is one of the best vegetable dishes you can have on a low-carb diet. It’s easy to make and full of flavour!

Quick and easy recipe for low-carb egg salad served in a white bowl on a blue napkin
Creamy keto egg salad

Low-Carb Egg Salad by Ditch the Carbs – Low-carb egg salad can be transformed into a full low-carb vegetarian meal by adding diced vegetables such as celery, peppers, mushrooms, chili, curry powder, mustard seeds, alfalfa sprouts, or even grated carrots. The possibilities are endless.

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Keto cheesy baked asparagus in a white baking pan.
Cheesy bake asparagus

Your whole family will love their veggies with keto cheesy baked asparagus. The quick cooking video will show you how to make my easy cheese sauce that your whole family will love.

Keto Cheesy Baked Asparagus Recipe
Your whole family will love this keto cheesy baked asparagus. This asparagus is perfect if you are looking for a tasty low-carb side.
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Amazing low carb creamed leeks with garlic and cream cheese on a dark dining table
Creamed leeks

Creamed Leeks by Ditch the Carbs – This can even be pureed into a soup with a little vegetable stock. Perfect for winter.

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Avocado Salsa showing chilli, avocado and lemon sliced
Avocado Salsa

Avocado Salsa by Ditch the Carbs – When avocados are in season, this is a great way to serve them. Why not make a whole bowl for yourself?

Keto Guacamole Recipe (Low-Carb Avocado Salsa)
The best chunky keto guacamole recipe you'll ever make. You only need 5 ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes. Serve with low-carb tortilla chips, keto nachos, and even pork rinds.
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a bowl of keto guacamole with keto tortilla chips

Stuffed Baby Peppers by Ditch the Carbs – The perfect snack or appetiser.

Stuffed Baby Peppers Recipe
Stuffed baby peppers can be varied by adding flavours to the cream cheese such as – pepperoni pieces, chilli flakes, sliced celery, jalapeños, sun dried tomatoes …
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Low Carb Focaccia Bread by Ditch the Carbs – Add some garlic butter and this is perfect to share.

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Fat Head crispy crackers

Low-Carb FatHead Crackers by Ditch the Carbs – Perfect for when you want a crunchy low carb cracker.

Emily Countryman
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Low-Carb Vegetarian Beverage Recipes

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Keto green smoothie

Chocolate Green Smoothie by Ditch the Carbs – Are you after a liquid lunch or breakfast on the go? If so, you’ve got to try this fantastic smoothie!

Sugar Free Berry Chia in a glass bottle is a simple low-carb vegetarian recipes
Sugar-free berry chia fresca (protein drink)

Chia are incredibly powerful seeds that are high in protein and fibre. This sugar-free chia fresca is the perfect summer drink! It is fresh, vibrant and filling with plenty of protein

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  1. Lots of great ideas here for our next ‘meat free Monday’.
    While I was scrolling through I came across an ad for Kellogg’s corn flakes! I have complained to Amazon whose ad it was.
    Think they need to update their ‘algorithms’!

    1. Thanks, as soon as I see adverts like that or junk food, I report them. The odd one still slips through however. If we all report them maybe the message will get through.

      1. I took a photo snap of it if you want it

  2. Erianne Farias says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’m gonna try the zoodles for the 1st time. I’m waiting your post with vegan low-carb recipes to have some ideas. I’m trying to control uric acid and carbs at the same time and it’s very hard. to find a diet with these both restriction

  3. Please share the vegan recipes!

  4. Fantastic round-up! I get asked for low carb vegetarian recipes all the time so I will share. Thanks for including my quiche recipe!

  5. I´m a vegetarian and so happy to see these recipes! Thank you 🙂

  6. These all look delicious! I combine these with the recipes from this book (https://amzn.to/2vDaV8g) to prep all my low carb meals and I feel so much better!

  7. I just found your site this morning and I subscribed so I’ll receive your emails now. I’m getting the hang of low carb cooking, I just need fresh ideas. I’m not a full vegetarian but I am cutting out most meats. Also, I limit my gluten intake. Gluten makes me so bloated. My biggest challenge is getting enough protein at every meal. I’m looking forward to trying your recipes.

  8. Right here is the perfect blog for anyone who wishes to find out about this
    topic. You know so much its almost tough to argue with you (not
    that I really will need to…HaHa). You definitely put
    a fresh spin on a subject which has been discussed for
    a long time. Great stuff, just great!

    1. Thanks, I try not to be controversial (there enough of that out there already) just helpful with some practical tips. Vegetarian low-carb can be done and it can be done with some forethought and great planning. I’m glad you enjoyed it and found the article helpful.

  9. Rajesh Garg says:

    xcellent. ! Would like to keep receiving GOOD LCHP VEG RECEIPIES. Thanks

    1. I am working on more, I am getting such amazing feedback from this article, so watch out – more low-carb vegetarian recipes are on the horizon!

      1. Pat Stanley says:

        Wow. I spent 6 weeks on “Eat fat get thin” and gave up after only losing a few pounds. Far too difficult as a vegetarian (been one for 28 years), far too much time spent making meals. I just discovered your site – thank-you!! Maybe I’ll try again!

      2. Hi. I’m looking for low carb high protein recipes. Is this something you guys have looked into? Keep up the good work, most of us are very grateful!

      3. Dikkie dik says:

        Please do some research on what makes dishes and ingredients vegetarian before you do. Not all of the dishes above are vegetarian.

        1. Hi Dikkie, as mentioned in the article above, there are many variations of vegetarian diets. For example lacto ovo vegetarian and pescatarian.

  10. One of the worst sites I ever visited. Every picture of the food has an ad scrolling over it. Thanks for nothing. Wish there was some way I could know how many ads there are on a page so I don’t click it and get the website owner paid.

    1. Hey awesome and thanks for the offer to help! If you would like, I could remove all the adverts then you could reimburse me and my staff for our time, website hosting, email programme, design, video production, book production, hours it takes to run my support groups, give talks to community groups, make donations to those who need it…. YAY. My adverts always allowed my website to be completely free of charge to everyone, but with your kind offer, I don’t need them any more 😉

      1. Anna Sanders says:

        What a mean reply.

      2. nicerperson says:

        this makes you look bad. i know you were annoyed, just delete the original comment and your response. the majority of people understand why there are ads on sites.

          1. Lee Ellen says:

            Your reply was fun and true. And, it was measured in the way your response was worded – always difficult to be kind to someone who says you should be ashamed and that this is the worst site.

            Your recipes are great and when I don’t have time to figure out how to make things vegetarian or gluten free or Fodmap, this site helps me greatly.

            Thanks for all your hard work – I also suggest that, in the interests of your blood pressure, you delete the nasty notes. This is your site, after all.

    2. I actually had no issues with ad placement, perhaps it has something to do with your browser setup? Either way, not sure why you felt it necessary to leave such a nasty post. I really enjoyed some of the recipe ideas here 🙂

  11. This site has way too many ads. I’m getting terrible lag even typing this message. You should be ashamed.

    1. You know, no one was forcing you to stay on and type this message, you could have opted out of the ‘terrible lag’. Instead you decided to leave nasty comments on a website for no other reason than to antagonize the person who had created it for free. You should be ashamed.

      1. First off, thank you for collating these recipes.

        “You should be ashamed.” is a bit far.

        Although…I agree with the point about “too many ads” to some extent.

        I don’t mind ads at all, but the ads on the page are placed in between content (specifically between a recipe title and image) so make it difficult to see the the recipe looks like.

        If your goal is increase ad sense revenue, then ignore what I just said and don’t worry about…

        But if your goal is to create a community/tribe/audience then you might want to think about the customers experience… because all i’m doing (as the potential customer) is scanning the page for good looking dishes, then find the link and open in new browser tab.

        After that i’m done this site and closing the tab.

        That my journey anyway.

        Thanks again for the veggie recipes.

        1. Apologies for the adverts, I am working on other ways to cover costs. I use adverts so all my content will remain free here on my website. I am working o another website with no adverts, but that will have to be a membership site to cover costs. I try to cut them back to the minimum. I also refuse sponsored posts so you can trust what I say and recommend, rather than what I am paid for, this alone costs me tens of thousands each year but I feel it is worth it for my reputation. I’m rambling now aren’t I? Anyway, apologies and I’ll try to cut then back even further 🙂

          1. Great recipes. I have tried a few & on here again to try a few more. Be greater than the haters. Too many options today to complain.

  12. I had no issue with ad placement either, and I am sooo excited to utilize your recipes. They look delish! Thanks!

  13. First and foremost, Thank you for taking the time out of your life to put together these recipes in one spot so that those of us that are searching for these or similar recipes have a starting point. I don’t mind the ads that you have because I know that this is how you pay for your website and design. Don’t worry about what other people say about the ads because they aren’t going to pay for your website costs.
    To those of you that just want something to whine about I suggest that you make one of the cheesy recipes before you sit down at your computer and have a serving to go with what ever it is you are whining about that day.

    1. Albert Talcott says:

      Yes! Wonderful comment, thank you.

  14. Sharon Finch says:

    Parmesan is not vegetarian.

    1. Why? If you don’t mind me asking. Are you thinking vegan or is there something I don’t know about parmesan?

      1. Lesley Taylor says:

        Parmesan is usually made with animal rennet. It’s not usually classed as vegetarian unfortunately. Check the packaging though as some are.

    2. Parmesan is vegetarian because it contains no meat. Parmesan is not vegan because it contains milk. There is a difference.

      1. Most hard cheeses are made from rennet that is derived from the stomach of a calf, lamb or goat while their diets are still limited to milk, this is typically 90% pure chymosin. You will want to check each cheese you purchase to find out of it is made using animal or vegetable rennet.

      2. Dikkie dik says:

        Parmesan is not vegetarian… please do your research before you comment.

        1. Parmesan is vegetarian (it does not contain meat) but it is not vegan (cheese contains an animal product).

  15. Wow, I was strictly keto for a year (my fiance lost 60lbs, I have nothing bad to day about keto but I didn’t lose nearly as much because I work for a brewery… a blessing and a curse lol) but ultimately it became too restrictive for me. So I searched ” low carb vegetarian recipes” and I was NOT disappointed. I rarely comment but I’ve saved almost every recipe on this page. Great compilation of easy, healthy, low carb and delicious. THANK YOU!!

    1. Thank you, Erin, I am trying to develop more low-carb recipes for vegetarians as there seems to be such interest amongst the vegetarian community.

  16. Couldn’t look at the recipes because of all the ads. This actually physically slowed down my phone.

  17. I love vegan alfredo with zoodles. You can actually make this and put it in a jar as well for a quick easy meal prep. Thanks for sharing these great recipes!

    1. Wow amazing, would try some out. Thanks for sharing!